Carnival Rides

I love an old fashioned county fair. We went to one today, over in the southeast corner of Missouri. We saw some exhibits, watched a little barrel racing, got a snow cone, and spent a good chunk of the afternoon in the midway.

PS Don’t let that round Ferris wheel looking thingy fool you– it is fast! We were way up on the top and that thing started rockin’ and rollin’! I actually heard myself say out loud, “It’s ok, look at all the physics that when into building this thing, we’re going to be all right!”


When I stepped out of the seat, the guy working there asked me if I liked the ride. I said “yes, but I didn’t know it was going to be SO scary.”

And, we both laughed. Loudly.

County fairs. The tail end of summer. What a great way to spend the day, riding carnival rides.

26 thoughts on “Carnival Rides

  1. Ann Coleman September 8, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    That ferris wheel would have scared me too!

    • Jessica September 8, 2019 / 9:29 pm

      Boy, we’d really been a pair on it!! Me whipping out my logic while the world is whizzing by! Ha ha.

    • Jessica September 8, 2019 / 9:40 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure why I thought it would be just like a Ferris wheel, you know, calm, slow, and goes in a circle?!?! It went in a circle! Ha ha!! Little Bit and I were like ‘Eeks!!!!’ A swinging seat going over the top edge was crazy!! I kept thinking, ‘surely this ride is almost over! There’s people waiting in line. It has to slow down soon!!’ Ummm. No. That thing went on forever! Ha!

      • ladieswholunchreviews September 8, 2019 / 9:44 pm

        Omg, you are both so brave!! I hate heights, been on one Ferris wheel in my life. Never again😉

        • Jessica September 8, 2019 / 10:07 pm

          Smart! If you hate heights, steer clear! It’s definitely high. We could see most of the town and even the bridge to Illinois from up there!!

  2. peggyjoan42 September 9, 2019 / 5:08 am

    Glad you survived that scary ride. I couldn’t even ride carnival rides when I was young – due to my motion sickness.

    • Jessica September 9, 2019 / 7:48 am

      Hi. Oh gosh, motion sickness is no fun! Especially car sickness.

      • peggyjoan42 September 9, 2019 / 11:57 am

        Did a lot of the car sickness and still do. But I survived it every time. Ha

        • Jessica September 9, 2019 / 12:19 pm

          That’s good to hear. Especially on these Ozark’s roads! My husband had a big giant F250 once and whenever we went to this cabin in the woods east of Branson, I would get soooo carsick that I had to lay down in the backseat just to get there. Something about that truck… I feel for you. Not fun.

          • peggyjoan42 September 10, 2019 / 5:08 am

            My husband has taken me on a few roads in Arkansas that make me sick every time. I warn him to let me out if he thinks our ride will take us on certain roads. Ha

          • Jessica September 10, 2019 / 9:06 am

            “Meet you at the corner!” Ha ha.

  3. ckennedyhola September 9, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I haven’t been to a carnival in a few years–and now, I want to go again–to see the exhibits. I don’t think I can handle the rides, though–you are very brave!

    • Jessica September 9, 2019 / 10:22 am

      Why thank you. I have a tween, so we had a lot of fun riding them. Made my husband go on the super twirly ones!! No need for a stomach ache on a Sunday! The exhibits were great to see. All the ribbons!

  4. retrodee September 9, 2019 / 2:44 pm

    I remember my cousin was so excited to ride “The Double Wheel” at the Brockton Fair! All summer she couldn’t wait to ride it. I was too scared to go on… But when my cousin went on, she was closing her eyes and terrified! I don’t blame you for being worried! Great pictures!

    • Jessica September 9, 2019 / 4:12 pm

      Hi. Thank you so much. What a great story! Sounds like she and I were in the same boat!! That thing was so high up there! I think I was most surprised about the speed. Plus, the seat rocked. Thank you for reading and for your comments. I just found your blog today after reading Quaint Cooking’s post about that miracle kool aid. I love your post about Buddy Holly. My mom and her friends from high school went to Iowa a couple months ago and were at the crash site. Pretty cool that you have all those collectibles.

  5. the Painted Apron September 10, 2019 / 7:42 am

    What fun!! I’m a huge wimp when it comes to rides…most are too scary for me!

    • Jessica September 10, 2019 / 9:10 am

      Totally understand! We did go on one that was rather fun, it was called Surf’s up and where we stood up and the brace thing that held us in was a surf board. The ride itself went back and forth like a wave, with just enough spins to make my hair fly all around and cause extreme laughter to burst from our bellies. We rode that one 5 times. (not in a row. Ha)

    • Jessica September 11, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Ohhh, I know. I am not ready for summer to end. We haven’t even caught lightning bugs yet!! Ha ha. But, we have done a lot of other summer stuff. Thank you for reading. I do enjoy your blog so much. Such wonderful recipe ideas.

      • indianeskitchen September 13, 2019 / 12:52 pm

        Our lightening bugs are gone but I’m ready for the cooler temperatures. Thank you for your kind words and I enjoy your blog as well!

        • Jessica September 13, 2019 / 2:38 pm

          Oh my gosh- we still have some lightning bugs, but not as many. They must be confused– its crazy hot here. High 90’s for mid- September! You’re welcome, too.

  6. thechickengrandma September 11, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    My husband and I were just to the Clay county fair in Spencer, IA yesterday! It is so much fun. We checked out the commercial buildings, sampled food, petted the animals,saw the huge pumpkins, and just marveled at the rides. Ever since West Nile I stay off rides! I don’t think my head would take it anymore….not without losing my lunch.

    • Jessica September 12, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      Oh my gosh, how fun. Oh that’s right- the vertigo. No need to stir that up. I love Spencer! So glad you went. Love that you mentioned the huge pumpkins! We are rereading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and we are in the chapter County Fair. Says he got that huge pumpkin by giving it milk water!

      My pumpkin plant has a white fungus looking stuff on the leaves and I looked up organic ways to treat it. It said put milk water in a squirt bottle and spray the leaves at night 3 or 4 days in a row. Doing it!! What’s good for Almanzo’s pumpkin is good for mine! Ha ha. What yummies did you eat? I didn’t. Took $100 and after admissions, wristbands for the rides, and one Pepsi for my husband, I only had $3 left. Bought Little Bit a snow cone.

      Which is fine, I am gluten free anyway and I am allergic to corn, so there goes candy bars dipped in batter and fried in corn oil. Ha!!

      • thechickengrandma September 12, 2019 / 2:59 pm

        My husband is to Dutch to buy the corn dogs and little doughnuts. So we had a pork tenderloin for dinner and came home later and had corn dogs at home and made tiny doughnuts by frying them in a deep fat fryer😀

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